My teaching aims to empower students to read text and performance critically, to take ownership of their own knowledge and embodied expertise, and to become creative participants in society.
REN 500: Shakespeare
This Fall MLitt course, the foundation of MBU’s Shakespeare & Performance program, offers a thorough grounding in the plays as performance, inviting students to creatively explore the impact of different performance elements and to conceptualize Shakespeare’s plays in relation to the conditions for which they were designed.
REN 700: Thesis
The capstone for MBU’s MLitt program, students conduct a long-form research project, with both written and oral components over the year. Current supervisees are working on topics including anime adaptations, genre complications, small town festival Shakespeare, queer representation, masculinity, and lighting practices.
REN 695: Thesis Symposium
This May Term intensive course prepares rising second-year MLitt students to undertake REN 700 in their next year, helping them design, plan, and begin researching their original projects.
REN 557: Shakespeare’s Contemporaries
This Fall MLitt course pairs familiar and obscure plays from the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, introducing students to a wide range of genres, critical issues, and approaches to the broader corpus of early modern drama.
REN 813: MFA Directing
This course, attached to S&P’s distinctive ensemble-based approach to MFA work, supports the training of directors within the MFA company.
REN 535: Reviewing Shakespeare
This new Spring course introduces students to the ethics, skills, and key concerns of writing about contemporary performance. Through practical writing development and engagement with a wide variety of performance styles, the course trains students to become confident critics of others’ work.
At the University of Nottingham, from 2011 to 2022, I taught courses covering theatre, film and literature, focusing on early modern drama in historical and contemporary performance.
I received two teaching awards from Nottingham’s Students’ Union (2014 and 2018), and one from the University (2021).